Plane Crash Survivor

The Age newspaper is in the middle of chronicling the story of Kimberly Dear at the moment. Last year she was an Australian camp counselor in Missouri who decided to go on a sky-diving trip with some other counselors from the camp. The plane crashed shortly after take-off and everyone but Kim died. The story is a pretty amazing one and contains another example of one of those heroic acts that makes one wonder, “could I do that?”

When it became clear that the plane was going to crash – about a minute after take-off – the instructor, Rob Cook did something amazing. Kimberly was sitting between his legs facing the back of the plane. He had his back against the co-pilot chair. He said, “Lean into me and brace yourself, I will take the impact. Make sure you keep me between you and the plane.”

You can read the story so far: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

2 Responses to Plane Crash Survivor

  1. Ranch Kid January 9, 2007 at 9:19 pm #

    This is amazing- I can’t wait for the last part. While watching the slideshows I was a little surprised at the tone in her voice- it sounds like she’s smiling while talking about this horrible accident. What strength.

    And yes, you can hear smiles in voices.


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